A South American country with tremendous geographical diversity, Bolivia is a fascinating place. From the Andes, to the Amazon rain forest basin, to a massive salt flat, a dry desert where for miles nothing grows, and beautiful lakes, it’s no wonder that over a million people visit Bolivia each year. A large portion of these are from Israel so that many signs are written in both Spanish and Hebrew. The majority of Bolivia’s population is of Amerindian origin. With only 11 million people, it has 36 indigenous languages. The world is fascinating.

This 8-minute video features a Top 10 look at Bolivia. Here’s a fun, 11-minute video featuring the geography of Bolivia and other good stuff. He’s young, he’s funny and I’ve linked one of his videos before. Here’s a 4-minute video featuring Bolivian music.

FunFacts about Bolivia: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Bolivia, officially the Plurinational State of Bolivia (Spanish: Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia), is a landlocked country located in western-central South America. The capital is Sucre while the seat of government is located in La Paz. The largest city and principal economic and financial center is Santa Cruz de la Sierra, located on the Llanos Orientales (tropical lowlands) a mostly flat region in the east of Bolivia. Its geography varies from the peaks of the Andes in the West, to the Eastern Lowlands, situated within the Amazon Basin. It is bordered to the north and east by Brazil, to the southeast by Paraguay, to the south by Argentina, to the southwest by Chile, and to the northwest by Peru. (Source)
  • Bolivia is the fifth largest country in South America and the 27th in the world.
  • One-third of Bolivia is in the Andes Mountain range.
  • The population of Bolivia is 11 million.
  • Bolivia is multi-ethnic and includes Amerindians, Asians, Africans, Mestizos and Europeans. Amerindians are the majority.
  • Though Spanish is the official language, 36 indigenous languages are also spoken. The most prominent of these are Guarani, Aymara and Quechua languages.
  • Before Spanish colonization, the Andes portion of Bolivia was part of the Inca Empire. The rest of the country was inhabited by independent tribes.
  • Bolivia is rich in minerals, especially tin.
  • Bolivia is a developing country.
  • Bolivia was named after Simon Bolivar, a leader in the Spanish American wars of independence. He helped five countries in South American gain their independence from Spain.
  • One million people visit Bolivia every year.
  • Bolivia has a diverse landscape that includes the Andes Mountains, beautiful lakes, rain forests, the driest desert in the world, and the biggest salt flat in the world. The salt flat is the size of Jamaica.
  • Lake Titicaca is in Bolivia. Incan origin stories involve this lake.
  • Bolivia has two capitals: La Paz and Sucre.
  • The capital, La Paz, is at 12000 feet. It’s located in the Andes Mountains.
  • Bolivia has the driest desert in the world, the Atacama. You can drive for miles without seeing a living thing.
  • Bolivia calls itself the heart of South America.
  • Bolivia does not have an outlet to the Pacific Ocean.
  • Bolivians love festivals.

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23 thoughts on “Bolivia

  1. Love the pictures especially the ones with the mountains in them. I enjoyed watching the videos. I never realized that there was 11 million people who lives in Bolivia. Bolivia looks and sounds like an interesting place to visit .

  2. It’s amazing how diverse Bolivia’s landscape is! I’m not sure if I’d want to visit the driest desert in the world, though.

  3. Bolivia is one of those countries that I have seen on a map and heard sporadic details mentioned, but never really delved into the culture and make up of the population. The landscape is stunning in many ways and the people seem to be lovely.

    That is what I love about your blog, I discover places and things I may or may not have heard of and am momentarily transported there for a social studies lesson. Thank you for enlightening me to the world in which I am but a miniscule component.

  4. Every time I hear the work Bolivia I think of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I remember as a child watching the movie with Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Their famous last stand – the bike scene and Rain Drops Keep Falling on My Head. You gotta love BJ Thomas. I’ve helped my sons study for geography, and yes – Bolivia was part of that study.

    Such beautiful pictures, I have several favorites. It’s not on my bucket list but certainly an armchair visit.

  5. What a diverse landscape. The salt flats are amazing and then the rain on them is so cool looking with the mirroring effect. I didn’t know that much about Bolivia so thank you for the blog.

  6. Enjoyed all the pictures and has such diverse landscapes. The picture with the rock that looks like it’s growing is awesome! AZ

  7. Nice mountain.

    I read somewhere that cures for many diseases are just waiting to be discovered in the Amazon rain forest.

    It’s critical to keep as much as possible of the forest intact, also for world wide environmental issues.

  8. What a striking land of contrasts Bolivia is! I especially liked the pictures of the flamingos and the reed boat. The Atacama sounds a lot like the Mojave Desert, where I live.

  9. Bolivia sounds like an interesting place to visit, with 11 million people and 36 indigenous languages. It would keep me on my toes. I like the harbor view picture, and the videos. thanks.

  10. Butch and Sundance were the firs things to come to my mind as well :). I have never been to South America. I love all the photos – so pretty.

  11. I have known about the beauty of Bolivia since high school. One of my science teachers came from there. And while we made fun of his accent as teenagers are want to do, I actually enjoyed it when I could understand him . Senor Soruco

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